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Luke 1:1-4, Andrew Love, January 13, 2019

Sermon Notes:


  • "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
    • The story of Jesus Christ
    • Forgiveness of sin and righteousness in Jesus Christ
  • Over Christmas started our epic journey into Luke
    • Not every verse but to look in detail
    • A balance between Old Testament and New Testament
    • A gospel emphasis
    • Luke - the longest, fullest and most detailed gospel
  • Prologue
    • He writes an orderly account to Theophilus
    • He writes that he may be rooted and grounded in the truth
  • Is he in Christ?
    • He has heard of the truth
    • Maybe he has not yet come to the full knowledge of the truth
    • Maybe he is a baby Christian but needs a fuller understanding
    • Luke writes to him in his gospel and in Acts
    • Certainly a Christian when he receives Acts
    • This Gospel is to establish him
  • Is this true of you?
    • Have you heard of the things of Christ?
    • Have you been taught of the things of Christ?
    • Have you understood the things of Christ?
  • Four Gospels
    • Much overlapping material but some unique things
    • The parable of the Prodigal Son, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, the Good Samaritan, the story of Zacchaeus, the thief on the cross
    • God enabled Luke to recount these
  • Overview:
    • Background details
    • Purpose of his writing

Background details

Luke - a doctor

  • Logical and detailed - he is writing an orderly account:
    • Mostly chronological
    • Putting gospel truth together
    • To emphasis the humanity of Christ, the doctrine of salvation
    • A message to gentile people
  • The largest of the gospels
    • 7 miracles not in the other gospels
    • 16 parables not in the other gospels
  • A traveling companion of Paul
    • 2 Tim 4:11
    • Philemon
  • Theophilus
    • Most excellent - likely part of nobility or an important Roman Official
      • Cf Festus and Felix in Acts
  • He knew the apostles
    • He went traveling with John Mark
    • 60% of the material in Luke is also covered in Mark
  • He is humble
    • Not once does he mention his name in the Gospel of Luke or Acts
    • The early church were clear he wrote these books
    • He is content to be a background person
    • He knows he is doing an essential and meticulous work
  • He is respectful
    • Are we respectful: to government
    • The pharisees were not respectful

How did Luke collect his material?

  • There were people who had written narratives about Jesus Christ
    • Perhaps referring to the Matthew and Mark (John would be written later)
    • Perhaps referring to others writing things down
  • Not revelation and revelation with no investigation
    • He went to sources
    • He had close contact with eye witnesses of the resurrection (v2)
    • He knew everything from the beginning (v3)
    • He had direct eye contact with the apostles and the 120
  • He set his account in order
    • The Holy Spirit guiding him to write it in a particular way
      • Quote from Brian Edwards
      • The Greek used in v1-4: a high classical form - like Josepheus or a Greek philosopher
      • From v5 onwards a prose form of Greek
    • God uses different people and different personalities
      • Scripture is God-breathed
      • Comparison between Luke and Matthew
    • More things could have been written (John)
      • God has given us what we need to know
  • There is variety amongst the people of God
    • We believe the same gospel but we have different characters and personalities
    • We are to value the word of God
      • This was written for the purpose of one man
      • But then read by all the church

Purpose of his writing

  • An accurate understanding from AD30-60 to let Theophilus know the certainty of those things in which he was instructed
    • We can have total confidence in the Scriptures
  • The word Salvation mentioned 6 times
    • That Jesus came to seek and save the lost
    • The gospel message
    • 1 Tim 2:4 - That all would be saved
    • Salvation comes through a knowledge and understanding of the truth
  • Study the Scriptures but remember ...
  • ... that by simple faith in Jesus we are saved
  • Today is the day of Salvation

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Luke 1:1-4

1Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. (KJV)

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